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NBR Reports (Dec 2009)

Narco-Jihad: Drug Trafficking and Security in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Ehsan Ahrari, Vanda Felbab-Brown, Louise I. Shelley and Nazia Hussain

Narcotics production and trafficking is a critical dimension of the conflict in Afghanistan and Pakistan. With Afghanistan as the world's largest opium producer, narcotics are the economic lynchpin connecting key players in the Afghanistan-Pakistan border region. The increase in narco-trafficking routes through Russia and Central Asia to supply global demand introduces important international variables. This report assesses the global and regional dynamics of narcotics production and trafficking in Afghanistan and Pakistan and the implications for counterinsurgency efforts in the region.

Table of Contents

The Drug Economy in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and Military Conflict in the Region
Vanda Felbab-Brown

Narco-trafficking in Pakistan-Afghanistan Border Areas and Implications for Security
Louise I. Shelley and Nazia Hussain

The Dynamics of "Narco-Jihad" in the Afghanistan-Pakistan Region
Ehsan Ahrari

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